I’ve been really excited by this Pantry Challenge. Had I not done this challenge, I would not have had the opportunity to try many new recipes. I think I’m going to have a few new favorites, which is a good thing, because it avoids food ruts. I’ve also been planning ahead by freezing a serving or two of what I’ve made in order to have something to pull out of the freezer for when I don’t have time or energy to cook.
Today is the last day of the Pantry Challenge, as my husband is at the grocery store.
Here is what I made today:
- lentil soup-lentils, onion, can of tomato paste, salt, parsley, water
- chickpea brownies- dried chickpeas (pre-soaked from yesterday), eggs, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cocoa powder
- hummus-chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice, tahini paste
- cranberry and banana smoothie- soaked dried cranberries, banana, and water. My taste buds did the happy dance.
During this experiment I found there were some things I had too many duplicates of or just don’t use. Perhaps you have the same thing going on in your pantry. Maybe you bought something on sale you intended to try and never did, or took advantage of a store special of buy 2, get 1 free and found you didn’t use these items.
Do a mitzvah (good deed, loosely translated from Hebrew). Find a local charity or food pantry and donate these unwanted items. I can guarantee you, someone else will really appreciate it. The charities will love you, and the beneficiaries of these items will silently thank you. At the same time you are helping someone else, you are declutttering your own space to make room for the items you do use more frequently.
Thanks for reading.
The Klutter Koach